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Masters in French Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the M.A. in French

To apply for admission the M.A. program, you must

  • hold the equivalent of a B.A. in French,
  • have earned a minimum of 24 university hours in French beyond the elementary level,
  • have taken the equivalent of 6 hours of Advanced French Composition, 12 hours of courses in French or Francophone literature and/or culture,
  • demonstrate oral and written proficiency in French by submitting a sample of written work in French (two research papers or a thesis) as well as a sound recording demonstrating your oral proficiency,
  • A statement of academic purpose outlining their interests and why UL Lafayette's M.A. in French will help them develop them,
  • submit official transcripts for previous all institutions to the Graduate School.
  • International applicants must submit additional application materials. Visit the Graduate School's International Applicant Information to learn more.

Deficiencies in prerequisites and language proficiency must be made up during the first year of graduate studies.

Consult the Graduate School's page for additional application requirements. | Apply to the M.A. in French.

Program Requirements

Three tracks are available for the M.A. in French: Thesis, Non-Thesis, and a Bilingual (French and Spanish) option.

Requirements common to all tracks:

  • 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework,
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in 500- or 600-level courses,
  • Completion of FREN 500 - Atelier pratique (1 credit hour) and FREN 540 - Critique littéraire (3 credit hours),
  • Comprehensive exams (examens de synthèse) in three areas, two Francophone areas and one French historical period,
  • Reading proficiency in a third language (other than French and English). You may satisfy this requirement either through a reading proficiency exam or by successfully completing a course in the language at the 202 level or its equivalent.

All Graduate Assistants must also complete FREN 501 - Préparation pédagogique (3 credit hours).

The Graduate School requires all graduate students who have completed 12 hours of credit toward their degrees to file an Admission to Candidacy for the Masters Degree.

Requirements for specific tracks:

Thesis Track

On this track, you will take 30 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of FREN 599 - Thesis. You must take your comprehensive exams during your third semester of coursework.

Access the Graduate School's Guidelines for Thesis Writers.

Non-Thesis Track

On this track, you will take 36 hours of coursework. You will take your comprehensive exams during either your third or fourth semester of coursework.

Bilingual Option

On this track, you will take 18 hours of graduate coursework in French and 18 hours of graduate coursework in Spanish. Please note that you must complete an additional application for admission to this option.

Access the Application for the Bilingual Option.

Comprehensive Exams

Each student must successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations in three selected areas of concentration based on your coursework and the department's reading list. The exams are in three areas: one exam in a historical period of French literature and two exams in Francophone regions and/or fields such as folklore, linguistics, bandes dessinées, and cinema. You may take exams only in areas in which you have completed coursework during previous semesters; if you are taking your first course in an area during your exam semester, you may not take the exam in that course.

On the basis of performance on these examinations, you will be (1) passed unconditionally, (2) required to take additional written examinations in areas found to be deficient, or (3) dropped from the program.

Written examinations are scheduled in the fourth week of the semester. Oral exams will follow two to three weeks later.

Access the Graduate Reading List for the Comprehensive Exams.

Consult the Guidelines and Procedures for Comprehensive Exams.